California Wool Growers Association: Unifying the Voice of the Sheep Industry Since 1860

On September 24, 1860, a group of forward thinking people came together to sell their wool. Access to the Boston wool market was the most pressing issue facing producers at that time. To solve this problem, these producers procured a ship and took their wool “around the horn” to the wool markets in Boston. While they were on the east coast they witnessed the beginning of the Civil war.

Today’s members include a wide range of ranchers, farm flock producers, feeders, 4-H and FFA students, supportive businesses and other interested individuals. As the CWGA continues to address producers’ most pressing concerns, you too can share this rich heritage and learn valuable skills to improve your operation


Our Mission

The mission of the California Wool Growers Association is to be the voice of the California Sheep Industry at the local, regional, state, and national level. The Association will provide service to its members through effective communication that ensures the long-term prosperity of the industry and promotes economically viable and environmentally sound production practices.


Member News and Information Update

CWGA Member Survey - Now is the opportunity as a member to tell us what you think about CWGA – about where it’s been, and more importantly, about where it’s headed. Please complete the CWGA Member Survey and return to CWGA by December 15. PDF Survey Word Survey

“Eat Lamb…Wear Wool” license plate frames are back! The chrome frames are a thin rim license plate frame that reads American Sheep Industry -- Eat Lamb...Wear Wool. Member Cost $15.00 plus tax & shipping. For orders call the CWGA office (916) 444-8122 or email

DOL H-2A Sheepherders Special Procedures,  Final Rule Effective November 16, 2016, For Information

Legislative Action CenterCall To Action Items

Guard Dog Signs are now available. Click on Targeted Grazing/Links

Guard Dog Signs are now available in Spanish

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